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Dragon Keeper
Dragon Keeper: Volume One of the Rain Wilds Chronicles | Robin Hobb
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Enter the spellbinding world of dragons . . . and those who tend themOne of the most gifted fantasy authors writing today, New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb has dazzled readers with brilliantly imaginative, emotionally resonant, and compulsively readable tales set in far-flung realms not unlike our own. In this enthralling new novel, she returns to the territory of her beloved Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies with a story of dragons and humans, return and rebirth, and the search for meaning, belonging, and home.For years, the Trader cities valiantly battled their enemies, the Chalcedeans. But they could not have staved off invasion without the powerful dragon Tintaglia. In return, the Traders promised to help her serpents migrate up the Rain Wild River after a long exile at seato find a safe haven and, Tintaglia hopes, to restore her species. But too much time has passed, and the newly hatched dragons are damaged and weak, and many die. The few who survive cannot use their wings; earthbound, they are powerless to hunt and vulnerable to human predators willing to kill them for the fabled healing powers of dragon flesh.But Tintaglia has vanished and the Traders are weary of the labor and expense of tending useless dragons. The Trader leadership fears that if it stops providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampageor die along the river's acidic muddy banks. To avert catastrophe, the dragons decree a move even farther up the treacherous river to Kelsingra, their ancient, mythical homeland whose mysterious location is locked deep within the dragons' uncertain ancestral memories.To ensure their safe passage, the Traders recruit a disparate group of young people to care for the damaged creatures and escort them to their new home. Among them is Thymara, an unschooled forest girl of sixteen, and Alise, a wealthy Trader's wife trapped in a loveless marriage, who attaches herself to the expedition as a dragon expert. The two women share a deep kinship with the dragons: Thymara can instinctively communicate with them, and Alise, captivated by their beauty and majesty, has devoted her life to studying them. Embarking on an arduous journey that holds no promise of return, the band of humans and dragons must make their way along the toxic and inhospitable Rain Wild Riveran extraordinary odyssey that will teach them lessons about themselves and one another, as they experience hardships, betrayals, and joys beyond their wildest dreams.
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Ddzmini
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Finished and moving to the next 📖😋

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Ddzmini
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Starting this because I finally got the first book in the series 📖😋

huntersmom1977 Oh I can‘t wait for your feedback! 😊❤️ 1mo
CoffeeCatsBooks I love her books! I just got the illustrated Assassins Apprentice. 1mo
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e.c.vitoria 💜 Thank You! @annahenke 5mo
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AiBBot
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If you have difficulty reading about a young person being seduced by a predator, a woman choosing married to try to escape poverty and isolation in a traditional patriarchal society, and dragons (and humans) who are not born “healthy” or “viable” dealing with being abandoned/killed/shunned, do not read this book. If you can deal with a heart wrenching story full of self delusion and struggle towards self realization/hope, read this book.

AiBBot There is no resolutions to any issues by the end of this book. I feel exhausted and I need to read another light read before continuing this series that hits so close to home in so many ways. It is brilliant. 9mo
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e.c.vitoria
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Panpan

For being partially narrated by a dragon this was seriously lacking in dragons.
The characters were descently fleshed out but I didn't connect with any of them. I found the writing quite repetitive, lots of over explaining.
The world building was done well but I don't think I'll continue with the series.
This should have a Trigger Warning for sexual asult.

4/10 💫

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Kalalalatja
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Reading a Robin Hobb novel feels a bit like coming home ❤️ This was a good introduction to new characters and new plot lines, but it did feel a bit just like that - an introduction. Also, the writing felt a bit more repetitive than I remember from Hobb‘s other novels. However, it had me gripped from the first page, and I loved getting to know more about the dragons and the Rain Wild people. And I‘m feeling some strong female MCs in the making! 💪

Sophoclessweetheart I love Robin Hobb. 🖤 I always feel this way about Terry Pratchett. His books always feel like home x 1y
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Kalalalatja
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Being newly graduated and unemployed does have some perks - like getting to read most of the day away and having time go make my breakfast look extra pretty 👌

#bookandbreakfast

haanim Congrats on graduating! 🤗 1y
JennyM Your photos are making me hungry. Looks delish!! 😘 1y
Sophoclessweetheart Congratulations on graduation! And that smoothie bowl looks amazing! 1y
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Suet624 Yippee! You graduated!! Congrats. 🌹 1y
ju.ca.no Really beautiful breakfast😍 also congrats on graduating!!!! 🎉🎉🎉 1y
wanderinglynn Congrats on graduating! 🎉👏🏻🙌🏻 And your breakfast looks beautiful & delicious! 1y
Nonaroo Congratulations!! 1y
danimgill Congratulations!! I am in awe of your aesthetic breakfast skills 😍 1y
Kalalalatja @haanim @JennyM @Sorceryandswords @Suet624 @ju.ca.no @wanderinglynn @Nonaroo @danimgill thank you all, both for the breakfast complimented and the graduation congratulaions 💕💕 1y
KerriNTurner Congratulations on graduating!!! And your breakfast looks delicious 😋 1y
UrsulaMonarch Lovely all around! Good for you! 👏👏👏 1y
Kalalalatja @KerriNTurner @UrsulaMonarch thank you both! ☺️ 1y
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Kalalalatja
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Balcony reading might be my favourite thing at the moment. At least until I start sweating too much to read 😅

#currentlyreading

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Kalalalatja
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#IGottaFeeling that once I start this series I won‘t be able to stop again. Which is why I‘m so happy I‘m home alone from Thursday until Sunday. I can feel a Hobb-readathon coming on! 👏

#HeatinJuly

Mitch Oh..... I‘ve not read those. Be got to go back and read the first trilogy then I can progress! Jealous of your week. It sounds so good! 1y
Kalalalatja @Mitch I love reading a Hobb series during the summer. This is the fourth one, and it doesn‘t follow Fitz and the Fool, but it follows the aftermath of the Liveship Traders Triology. At least I think so 1y
Mitch Having just finished the Liveships im so looking forward to that set. I was tempted to read it next, but think I should try to rectify reading out of order and go and acquaint myself with Fitz! 1y
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Kalalalatja @Mitch Fitz is so worth it! And the Fool. Love those two ❤️❤️ 1y
wanderinglynn I haven‘t started this set. But I love Robin Hobb! 1y
SandyW This was my first Hobb and I loved it. Enjoy! 🐉🐉🐲 1y
Cinfhen @TrishB LOVES this series 😍❤️ 1y
Quirkybookworm Where can I find this set? Need to get this for my cousin for her bday!! Asap 1y
TrishB Amazing author and books 💕 1y
Kalalalatja @Quirkybookworm I bought mine online, so I‘m not sure which stores you can find them in, sorry! @wanderinglynn she might be my favourite fantasy writer ❤️ @SandyW thank you, I expect I will 😉 @Cinfhen I know, @TrishB has great taste 😉👌 1y
wanderinglynn @Quirkybookworm I found them at my local Barnes & Nobel. 1y
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Kalalalatja
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#BookMail! I‘m hoarding a lot of the books at the moment in preparation of my summer reading stack, and these four is going to be at the top of the stack! 📚

Soubhiville Yay!!! Love Hobb forever! 1y
AlaMich Oooh, you have the pretty covers! I love that edition! 1y
Kalalalatja @Soubhiville it is sort of becoming a tradition that I read one of the series whenever I have summer or Christmas vacation 😄 1y
Kalalalatja @AlaMich they are really great! 1y
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Jabberwocky
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Today‘s books haul! 🌿💛 I‘ve had a really stressful week so I‘ve been looking forward to today‘s trip to the used bookstore all week. These all looked good to me, has anyone read any of them? #bookhaul

readordierachel Sorry you've been stressed! Hope this bit of book retail therapy helped 📚 2y
laurenbescoby The Dragon Keeper! 😍 it's the first of 4 though, and part of an overall bigger series. Have you read any other Hobb? I love her! ❤ 2y
char1077 The Darkangel series is amazing. Very cool you found a collected volume! 2y
Jabberwocky @char1077 I love omnibus collections so much. You never have to worry about finding the next book in the series and they take up so much less shelf space!! @ReadOrDieRachel It did!! @miralunasbooknook Honestly I‘ve heard really great things ( @GrilledCheeseSamurai ) but this is the first book by her that I‘ve seen in a used bookstore. So I snatched it up. 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk I picked up The Chosen awhile back based solely on its cover but I haven‘t gotten to it yet. I can however attest to the awesomeness of 2y
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CareBear
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My #bookhaul from our indie bookstore stops this weekend! Thanks @jfalkens and @RainyDayReading for the recommendations.

TrishB Great haul there 👍🏻 2y
RainyDayReading You‘re welcome! 2y
jfalkens You're welcome 🤗 2y
robinb Nice!! 2y
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SandyW
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I'm writing this a little late as I've already moved on to the third book I this 4some. Clearly I'm enjoying the story. 🐉

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon And here's a compilation of Litsy tips that some of us put together:
http://litsy.com/p/aDJja2lMZFFY
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DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚👍😀Hope you enjoy it here! 2y
MrBook Welcome to Litsy 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! 2y
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Cinfhen Hi!! Welcome 2y
TricksyTails Welcome to Litsy! 👏😁🎉📚 2y
SandyW @MrBook @Cinfhen @TricksyTails Thank you all... I can see how Litsy might eat into my reading time! 😱 2y
Suelizbeth Welcome to Litsy! 📚❤️ 2y
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briski
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I am beyond ready to start this series! 😍

GondorGirl Yes!!!😍😍 2y
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Soubhiville
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1 hour left in 24in48! Do I spend it with Robin Hobb or the Walking Dead?

Foragingfantasy I haven't read any Robin Hobb, is this something I need to remedy? 2y
Soubhiville @Foragingfantasy I really like her. I believe she just writes series, but I can't say for sure... I've read the first books in three of them- Assassin's Apprentice , Ship of Magic, and now The Dragon Keeper. I have the second Ship book on my shelf and will probably get to it this year, lol! 2y
Foragingfantasy @Soubhiville Soubhi!!! You are awesome. Thank you so much! 2y
Soubhiville @Foragingfantasy ❤️ you're welcome! This is one of the more recent trilogies, so if you like it I'd look up which trilogy came first and go in order. I think all her books are in the same fantasy realm, but I'm not positive... and I think Assassin's Apprentice is her first book. 2y
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This felt less like a book but the first part of a book, which I understand happens in series sometimes but really 400+ pages of set-up was a bit much, especially when it hasn't gotten me invested enough in either the story or the characters to make mere particularly interested in reading the next book.

Pheonixlike But please tell me you read the next book?!?! 😱 2y
Court7 Not as of yet...should I? I've had others tell me that other Hobb not in this series is well worth checking out so I had been planning on doing that but was more than likely baking out of this series. 2y
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Really thinking about reading this series again. Have any of you guys read this?

MrBook Welcome to @Litsy ! We hope you enjoy your stay 😊👍🏻. I think you're going to like it here 😉🙌🏻. It's the most positive, tight-knit, passionate community of bibliophiles 😎👌🏻! Prepare yourself: this will take over your life 😂👏🏻. 2y
jesreadsbooks @MrBook thank you! I think I'm going to like it here too! 2y
Pheonixlike Wonderful series of books, dive in and be entranced!! 2y
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For @RealLifeReading's #AprilBookShowers: #DropEverythingAndRead

As you can tell by the laundry in the background, Robin Hobb has overtaken my life. 😄
Today's photo challenge lines up with a #ReadingChallenge of my own. One of my goals this year is to read an author's entire bibliography, and so far I've read the stack on the left along with the standalone. I hope to finish the rest in the #RealmoftheElderlings before May's book release!

annkuch13 😍😍 3y
Born.A.Reader That's a fantastic reading challenge! Best of luck to you! 3y
jfalkens How was the assassin's apprentice? 3y
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mrsthilkey Recommendations for someone who's never read any Hobb? Where to begin?! 3y
KCorter @Born.A.Reader Thanks! I don't think I have ever read every book by an author straight in a row. It is quite an undertaking... but I feel like I am starting to understand her as both a writer and a person. 3y
KCorter @jfalkens It was fantastic. ? Seriously though, it was so elegantly developed. I love character-driven stories, especially as a series. Robin Hobb's fascinating plots and skill at world-building set a stage for her characters to shine. Not once did the story drag, and that's an impressive feat for a trilogy. Fitz was one of the most "real" characters I have ever met. I could read 100 books about him and The Fool. 3y
jfalkens @KCorter Thank you 😊 maybe I'll have to take the copy from my husband's to-read pile and make sure he reads it too ☺ 3y
KCorter @mrsthilkey I started with Ship of Magic and read the Liveship Traders trilogy. I would suggest starting with Assassin's Apprentice. It is Robin Hobb's first book, and sets the stage for most of the other books she has written. I think I would have more fully appreciated the Liveship Traders if I had read The Farseer trilogy first. Piebald Prince is also a good stand-alone, since it is a tale referenced through the rest of her series. 3y
KCorter @annkuch13 Right?! Robin Hobb is my literary love. 3y
booksandsympathy I have these books but have never read them. They were given to me by my Uncle-in-law's ex wife. I'm sure I was just meant to borrow them, but I doubt I'll ever see her again. I will eventually get around to them. 3y
KCorter @jfalkens That's what I did! @acorter raved over Robin Hobb after reading the Farseer Trilogy. We even named our ferret after Fitz. 😊 I finally read The Liveship Traders on a whim last year, and I am so glad I did. In my very biased opinion, Robin Hobb may be the most talented (current) author in any genre. 3y
mrsthilkey Cool, thanks!! 3y
KCorter @booksandsympathy If you're like me, your TBR list is longer than your life. I highly recommend Robin Hobb though. Never have I read an author who can write so thoroughly and so engagingly on any subject. Culture, economics, politics, international relations, family dynamics, responsibility, honor, choice, fate, intrigue, adventure, magic... She weaves it all into her stories and I hang on every word. 3y
booksandsympathy @KCorter Yes, my tbr list is way too long. But since I do actually have these books on my shelf, that is a reminder to read them. I'm sure there are lots of books on my tbr that will fall by the wayside because it's difficult to find them. I don't really have an excuse with these. I'm slowly making my way through my bookshelves. 3y
KCorter @booksandsympathy That's what I am attempting to do this year too! So many of these books have been staring out at my from the bookshelves for years. I don't even know what treasures I've yet to discover. That's the fun of a book collection though. You know there is always something to read right at your fingertips. 😊 3y
elemenopew Oh my god. I remember when, a couple of years ago, I was a Robin Hob ZOMBIE. She was all I could read. Her books were all I could think about. I gave up so much sleep and everything else to finish these books and they were SO FREAKING WORTH IT. 3y
elemenopew Damnit, autocorrect. *Hobb 3y
KCorter @elemenopew That perfectly describes me right now! I am obsessed. I can't focus on anything else because I am absolutely lost in the world Robin Hobb has created. 3y
KCorter @elemenopew P.S. I totally have to correct my spelling mistakes as well. I think all of us word junkies will breate easier when Listy creates an "edit comment" function. Haha ? 3y
KCorter Case in point: *Breathe 3y
elemenopew @KCorter she reallly sucks you in, doesn't she? I haven't read the Rain Wild Chronicles yet, but Farseer and Tawny man just took over my world. The writing. The pace. Fitz and the Fool. AND OH GOD NIGHTEYES. 3y
elemenopew @KCorter haha, I reflexively looked for it and then had to remind myself we don't have that yet. 😅 3y
AlaMich I've read the Assassin and the Liveship trilogies. They were both great but I really loved Liveship. Agreed that one should start with Assassin. I'm looking forward to Rain Wild Chronicles and Tawny Man!👍 3y
KCorter @elemenopew I was so emotionally invested in Fitz and The Fool. I mean, probably to an unhealthy extent. 😄 and Nighteyes' sassiness was HILARIOUS. 3y
KCorter @AlaMich I loved the Liveship Traders. We revisit some of those characters in the Rain Wild Chronicles! I warn you though, the Tawny Man trilogy is an emotional ride. 3y
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Otherworld_Library
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Loved this!!!!!

My journey through Hobbs Realm of the Elderlings continues. Read the first three trilogies last year and am finally on to the Rain Wilds quartet. It's been a long time that I've read a book this long in only a couple days.

At this rate I may actually be caught up by the time Asassins Fate comes out in May.

KCorter I'm trying to catch up in time for the release of Assassin's Fate as well! I just started this one today. :) 3y
Otherworld_Library I really loved the Rain Wilds quartet! I finished Fools Assassin and Fools Quest but didn't get around to reviewing them here. I liked the second one better than the first, which sort of felt like a book length prologue at times. But I'm all caught up and ready for Assassins Fate. @KCorter 3y
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speljamr
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Pickpick

This was clearly not meant to be a standalone book. It's a bit slow to get going and only feels half way into the story by the time you get to the end. I'll have to read volume 2 to finish this story.

#fantasy

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tricours
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I enjoyed this one just as much as I used to enjoy Hobb when I was 15! Most fantasy series with multiple characters tend to have some characters that are boring to read about, but here it's all good.

TrishB Hobb is definitely all good 😀💜 3y
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tricours
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The reading light I bought at Barnes & Noble in the US is awesome! Finally I can read comfortably in bed. And I really wish I had bought all the books in this series... (not that they had them)

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Airport reading before our 10h flight back to Norway (already 2h delayed). Hobb is as good as I remember.

BookishMarginalia Have a good trip! (And at least you have books!) 3y
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tricours
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I have barely read fantasy since I was 15 and I'm honestly a bit scared!

I-read-and-eat Don't be scarred! I love this series, half way down the last book now 😊Enjoy! 3y
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Soubhiville
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I get tons of #Joy from my TBR shelves, which I recently arranged by color. Welcome to red, orange, and yellow! A bunch of these will get read in next year's #LitsyReadingChallenge2017 and #LitsyAtoZ, which should have some overlap. Every one of these is an adventure waiting to happen!
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Lindy Pretty shelf. 😊 3y
LibrarianRyan I'm jealous of your rainbow shelves. I tried to rainbow mine but they are all shades of black. 3y
Soubhiville @LibrarianRyan the black/ gray/ white section is much bigger! 3y
Lizpixie I just did mine as well! The black section is three times bigger than any other colour.🌈 3y
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This would be a pick, except for the cliffhanger ending-it didn't feel like a natural place to stop. I don't remember Robin Hobb's other books ending this way- they still felt like complete stories.

I'm still really looking forward to reading the rest of this series though.

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#PhotoADayNov16- If I'm #readinginbed at night , then it's usually on my old kindle keyboard.

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He usually does not care for the camera but he loves to sleep next to me when I read. So I managed to sneek a picture of my little Noodle. 😀

Bookzombie So cute! 💕😂 3y
Suzze 😻😻😻😻 3y
LauraBeth He's out 😻😻😻😴😴 3y
I-read-and-eat @Bookzombie @Suzze 😻❤ @LauraBeth His favourite activity 😄😹 3y
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Since the day I was born...

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I-read-and-eat
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Finaly after hours of work my paper is finished! Now it's time to continue reading this lovely book. And I am in love with this candle, the wax is in little triangle shapes, it is so cute 💚 I got it yesterday as part of a gift for the end of my term on the study associatoin board. On to New challenges! But first... reading 📖

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I had a lovely autumnal day today. Started of with some interesting college classes, followed by a walk past some bookshops and a walk in the forest, leaves falling.... And what better way to end this day than with a hot cup of tea and a fresh book 📖🍁🍂

RanaElizabeth Robin Hobb and dragons. 😍 3y
NovelGirl82 Sounds like a perfect day!! 3y
Tsubame Your post makes me remember my times at university. It was such a bliss, because I had so much time to spend as I wanted, hours without end in libraries. Enjoy it as long as it lasts!! 3y
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BooksRockMyWorld That's such a lovely day... ❤ 3y
sneirr I loved that book!! I never finished the series because I was borrowing from a friend and she didn't have the last one, so I want to buy them myself and do a reread sometime. 3y
I-read-and-eat @RanaElizabeth I love het books do much. And so far this series is great as well. @Tsubame I still have three more years to go (assuming I get into the masters programme) and I love every seccond if it 😊 @sneirr you should, Robin Hobb is so great! @NovelGirl82 @BooksRockMyWorld It was ❤💛 3y
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